By Catherine Baker Once upon a time there was King Khenti who ruled over all Egypt. He had a beautiful daughter whose name was Banafrit. When she was 12, her mother died. The king worried for his daughter for she had no mother. He decided to remarry to Woserit. She was very greedy and evil. She would always ask the king, “Am I beautiful? Do you think I am beautiful? Say I’m beautiful!!! Say it!!!” Woserit was also secretly jealous of Banafrit’s beauty. King Khenti did not see this, he thought she was a perfect role model for Banafrit. Aahh!!!! One day Banafrit was walking with her father, when all of a sudden a crocodile, who was lose in the palace, came up to the king and ate him. Banafrit screamed in horror. The queen saw what had happened and thought, “Finally, with the king out of the way, I can banish Banafrit to the desert so I can be the most beautiful in the land.” She thinks she’s so great! The queen’s jealousy grew bigger and bigger as Banafrit grew older. By the time Banafrit was 18, she was very beautiful. Then one day, one of the queen’s servants mysteriously died. The queen framed the crime on Banafrit. Get Out! “You were always jealous and mad because I have, I mean HAD a better servant than you,” the queen lied. “I did no such thing!” squealed Banafrit. “I hereby banish you. Get out!!” growled the queen. Banafrit was banished into the desert. She was confused and thirsty walking for miles and miles, until she came upon a small temple. Hello? Hello? Anyone home? “Hello? Anyone home?” she called. All she heard was her own voice echoing back. She wandered into the little temple and found seven little beds and seven little chairs around a table. She was very tired from walking so she decided to sleep in one of the beds. “What is it? What’s it doin’ here? Why is it in my bed?” asked seven little voices at once. Banafrit woke up to 7 pairs of eyes staring at her. “Ahhhh!” she screamed. “ It talks!!” said Ammut. “Who are you?” she asked hesitantly. “We are the 7 gods. There’s Ammut, Aten, Babi, Geb, Seth, Bes, and I’m Ptah.” Get out of my bed!!!!!!! “Hello I’m Banafrit. I saw your temple and I’ve been walking for miles and I needed a rest. Sorry if I’m invading.” “Oh, its O.K dear…. But first one thing, GET OUT OF MY BED!!!!!” screamed Ammut. “ We shall make a deal with you. You cook, clean, and respect us we and we will let you stay” said Ptah. “Deal! What do you do for work?” “We work in the desert and look for gold.” replied Babi. That’s how Banafrit decided to live with the 7 gods. One day while Banafrit was working, the evil queen was working on an evil plot to get rid of Banafrit. She went down to the Nile River and she asked, “Nile, Nile the lovely river, tell me news. Now, deliver.” “What do you want to know?” the river said. “Banafrit, is she alive?” “Yes, she lives in the temple with the 7 gods. Just moved in” “To bad she just settled in. She has to die on the first day.” She grabbed one juicy fig and made a juice to dip the fig in. It contained cobra venom. When she finished with the fig, she dressed up as a 96 year old lady. She went to Banafrit’s temple and knocked on the door. Once Banfrit opened the door, the queen said in a croaky voice, “Hello dear. Here’s a housewarming gift. It’s one of my best grown figs. They’re very, very juicy.” “Why thank you. Goodbye,” said Banafrit. She took a bite of the fig and fell to the ground in a deep sleep. When the gods returned, they found her laying on the floor. They thought she was dead. They took the body to the desert and put it a sarcophagus. Then they each put a flower on the sarcophagus. They were all grieving around her when Prince Rasui showed up on his camel. He asked what happened. The gods told him. Rasui knew what to do to wake her up. He bent over and kissed her. Her eyes popped open. They were so happy together, that they wed. They took over Egypt and banished the queen to the desert and lived happily ever after.